J.J. Abrams and why Star Wars: Episode VII is so secretive

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Many fans know that J.J. Abrams likes to keep his upcoming projects on the down low. Sometimes the secret is a badly kept one; for example, Benedict Cumberbatch’s true identity in Star Trek Into Darkness. As for Star Wars: Episode VII, he explains why that movie has to be secretive.

Here’s what he said to London’s The Times:

“If you watch the first movie, you don’t actually know exactly what the Empire is trying to do. They’re going to rule by fear – but you don’t know what their end game is. You don’t know what Leia is princess of. You don’t yet understand who Jabba the Hutt is, even though there is a reference to him. You don’t know that Vader is Luke’s father, Leia is his sister – but the possibility is all there. The beauty of that movie was that it was an unfamiliar world, and yet you wanted to see it expand and to see where it went.”

Then again, this was a time before the age of the internet, so it wasn’t that hard to keep the project a secret.

Star Wars: Episode VII is expected to be released in 2015.

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